How amazingly bad is this book? i don't even care enough to count the ways. It's enough to say that it is the bloated product of once great author whose command of descriptive language, obsession with theology, and need to make a buck off of paranormal freaks like me, exceeds her decency. read it if you must -- for a class, or if you just like having adjectives poured into your ears indiscriminately, like hemlock.
If you bought in with a desire for gripping weirdness, then the passages that fit that description wouldn't even make for an interesting 10 page illustrated comic. The central character is so freaking self involved and boring that you end up wondering how Rice didn't just chuck her own laptop out a window. Everyone calls him (we are repeatedly told) little boy, or baby boy or some other infantilzing term. This is a 23 year old man. WTF?
At the end, during the "last supper" tableau constructed by Rice right out of the da Vinci Code, "god-like old wolf guy" speechifies ad nauseum while the newbs sit shocked into worshipful gazes, as if hearing a great truth. I could barely keep my buds in my ears. I had only a hour to go to the end, but it was killing me! I had to stop and write this. I had to warn the masses. IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER -- IT'S BAD ALL THE WAY THROUGH!
AND, what a narcissistic move on Rice's part. You don't forget for a single second that all those gradiose words are her words and her philosophy. Even the reader get's into it, slowing each word down with pauses between as if manna was dripping from his lips. (He loses all his points for this. Period.)
It was too much I tell you, way too much. i'm amazed Rice could publish this crap with a straight face. (Can I go back in time and get my money back for everything I've ever bought of her's?)
My only positive comment is the descriptive passages of the Nyak House and property. This is a place I could come to dream about. A better book would have been about the house and spooky things going on it in. The descriptive passages are as luscious and sensuous as dark red wind and antique velvet. Divine. As awful as the rest of this tripe was, that's how amazing this house and it's restoration were done. That was Rice at her best. But she let her theology get in the way of her ability to write, and now we'll never know what this book could have been. And that's the real shame.
I'm not sure how I feel about this book. It's written in first person in alternating chapters from the perspective of the main two characters. The heroine is a young woman who seems to have plenty of time on her hands, though she's an up and coming photographer. She lives in an apartment next door to her best friend from college, and the two go out to clubs together. It's at a club late one night that she literally runs into a guy that she's strangely attracted to, but the attraction is unsettling. It's a big mystery who the guy is, and then there's another mysterious guy. Bad stuff happens. People close to her die. She's told she has a destiny that she denies, of course, while running around putting herself in danger.
It's pretty tame and somewhat predictable stuff. Kind of soporific, actually, though it weaves a spell. I listened right to the end to find out what was going on. Not sure I'd continue this one, probably not. Maybe if it's cheap I'll buy the next one on Audible for when I can't sleep.
Renee Raudman really munched the scenery in this one, totally destroying the pacing and any sense of excitement or drama.
Glad I have it on Kindle. I might get around to reading it someday.
I never buy short books -- I like big books and I cannot lie.
But when I saw Tristan Hunt was the narrator, I couldn't stop myself. So glad I didn't! Hot buttered rum poured into my ears!
Emphasis on Hot!
Ok, this story isn't my typical read because I haven't had much luck with Highlander tales since Outlander, (I guess because I tend to compare every Highland book with that one).
I'm not really sure why I stuck with this book. The voice Braden Wright does for the h is so awful it comes across as camp. It really is the worst.
Then I got to the part where the guys were singing to the little boy around the campfire and nearly lost it. That scene is so gorgeous it took my breath away.
So even though he lost points for her voice, he got them all back when he sang.
I really got swept away in this one.
Too many of the HRs I've read lately have been too predictable. This one has an actual story to it with great characters and a plot that actually goes somewhere.
Looking forward to the next two books about the other sisters.
I had a hard time sticking with this one and didn't finish it. Too much of the plot was unbelievable, and the h, Sophia, came across as a bit of a cypher. Her motivations were odd and the whole thing dragged on for too long without making any sense.
I also didn't care for the narrator's choice of a voice for the h. It's some kind of weird accent, but it's never really explained what it is. Her voice for the rest of the characters were fine.
I couldn't relate to, or care about, any of the characters. It was a very bad melodrama without the drama.
Three penniless sisters who have survived the terrors in France, grow up and learn the family business of being modistes for the wealthy ladies of the ton. Sophie is the 2nd sister, and she's got all the determination and skills of manipulation that her older sister possessed. To save her business, she sets out the save the reputation of an important customer, and along the way, she falls in love.
I really like the first book in this series, and the 2nd is just as good.
Emma is a yuppie princess who loves to tell us all about her kakis and button downs, her too large and trash filled shoulder bag, her awful boss at work, how she only wears basic makeup like mascara and lip gloss, and the fact that she likes her coffee a certain way -- ad nauseum. She is so self involved that there isn't a detail of her life that she leaves out of her story. And despite the fact that she isn't at all concerned with pausing the action for inane digressions that made me yell at the wall during the very few actions scenes, or the fact that she was constantly in a childish temper -- despite all of that -- I had to finish this stupid book!
One day while making her daily coffee run for a pick me up, Emma meets a 1/4 vampire, 3/4 human guy, and they fall for each other. Thing is, he's got very little time left before he meets true death, so he wants to make a baby with her ASAP. What's a girl to do? He is the love of her life (after only knowing him a couple of months), so they get busy right a way.
Teren is every bit the yuppie that Emma is. He's stubborn and willful and determined to live what's left of his human life where and how he wants, even if that means putting Emma and any other human in danger of death when the change comes upon him. Their both immature a$$holes, and I wanted to knock their heads together.
Without the vampire element, this book would have been the literary equivalent of watching paint dry.
Their families are pretty dull also, even though his are various degrees of vampire, and her's includes a sister whose been horribly scarred by surviving a fire at a young age. The whole thing reads like a pretty dull YA love story, even though it's advertised as being for adults. Any sex that happens gets short shrift in Emma's narrative and happens "off camera."
So why did I read it?
And why did I buy book two?
Ok, so even though I found Emma to be beyond annoying, (and the 1st person structure didn't help), nor did the spot on narration of Piper Goodeve, this stupid book held my interest til the end.
I know, I don't get it either.
Lily's had a tough childhood. With a mom who wasn't really much of a mother, and a father she's never known, growing up in a trailer park could have been hell. Fortunately, her best friend, Tara, and Tara's grandmother, are her true family. Without them, she doesn't know what she would have done. The dialogue between these lovely characters is snappy and loving, and I completely enjoyed their world.
One of Lily's best friends growing up is Will, a gorgeous guy that she fell in love with. But when she tried to declare her love, Will dumped her hard and disappeared from her life. Hurt but determined to get on with her life, Lily starts college with Tara, only to discover that Will goes to the same school. Ouch!
Then a new gorgeous guy comes into Lily's life, and he is everything she could ever want in a soul mate, but is he too good to be true? In fact, he isn't what he seems to be, at all.
Angels, good and bad, populate this inventive paranormal, and the writing is top-notch.
Still, I think the best part of this book may be the narration. Christa Lewis kept me listening past the beginning when the h read like a bit of a goodie two shoes, which I typically find dull. Happily, the story picked up, and the pacing was very good, giving a sense of something not quite right without going overboard. When the badness comes along, you've already sensed it, even though you don't know what to expect.
Having read book one, I can't wait to pick up book two.
Monroe Stonecrow is the alpha, and he has a vision for his species' survival that revolves around their procreation. He will do anything to save them, and this often includes manipulation. He's very single minded, and believes the ends justify the means. There is a strong motivation to his plan: his people are being hunted and killed by a secret organization, and he wants to save them before it's too late. Therefore, he lacks sensitivity and subtlety, and most of all, patience. This is crucial to understanding the series, because if you don't get that, you won't get the whole point of it.
I'm not a big fan of shifter books (with a few exceptions: Patricia Briggs comes to mind) because their usually pretty formulaic with alpha males that are often just bullies. Why authors don't recognize that this is not a sexy characteristic says more about them than anything else. A really strong, smart man doesn't need to bully anyone. Ever. And they are the sexiest men in the world. There are so few authors who know how to write men like this, unfortunately for us women. Sigh.
I started this series on kindle over the weekend, and I enjoyed it without being aggravated, which is saying something for me. Most of the male characters are not this bad, but some are (Gauge). Monroe is the worst offender of the bunch though when it comes to being a bully. Ultimately, he has a soft side for Eden, but he continues to push buttons on everyone else throughout the series -- which, if nothing else, makes him and the author who wrote him, consistent, which I do appreciate.
Other than the standard formula, it is an entertaining series, and the set ups that bring the H and h together are original and interesting. I've spent a lot more money and time on a lot less entertaining storylines, so I'd say give it a try.
I agree with those who don't like the reader. She grew on me, or rather, I was able to ignore her after a while. I would say give it a read on your Kindle instead though. I'm not sure I'd buy another audio version because of her breathy, breathless style of reading.
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